Essential Reads

Investing More in Young People

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Parents invest more in their children than they receive in return, and such paying forward makes adaptive sense.

How Fear Is Being Used to Manipulate Cryptocurrency Markets

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mind In The Machine
The world of cryptocurrency is profitable and intellectually intriguing, but misinformation campaigns that use psychological manipulation are creating chaos for investors.

Toward a More Self-Correcting Psychological Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
How to make psychology the true science it has always aspired to be.
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The Secret to Weight Loss, According to Behavioral Economics

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 13, 2017 in Scientocracy
Losing weight is incredibly difficult, but behavioral economics may come to the rescue.

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Honest, Hard Work

By The Research Lab on September 01, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Celebrating the miracle of honest labor. By John Doggett, J.D.

The Five Stages of (Financial) Change

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Loaded
Are you stopping yourself because you don't see progress? You may be further along than you think.

I Read the News, Therefore I Am (Prejudiced)

Are you really getting the news when you flick and click?

The Many Ways We Lie to Ourselves

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Science of Choice
Everyone is in denial about something.

These Colors Make Products Look Bigger

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in General Intelligence
New research explores the connection between product color and perceived size.

Backfirebrands

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Ambigamy
Hate is not the answer. Neither is love. Love is the question, what to love, a question you won't get to if you pretend that you're simply loving.
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The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Science of Choice
Motivated delusions can have psychological benefits that might lead both to the formation or maintenance of delusions.

Spoiling a Child

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on August 24, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Whether a child grows up to be spoiled—or not—will have considerable effect on his life.

Your Neighborhood Grocery Store Is Changing

By The Research Lab on August 21, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Unseen challenges for your corner grocery store. By Junfeng Jiao, Ph.D.

Can You Sue Someone Over a Broken Promise?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 18, 2017 in So Sue Me
Have you ever relied on someone's promise, only to be hurt when that promise was broken? Promissory estoppel is the little-known legal doctrine that holds people to their word.

Buyer’s Remorse

By Harold Sigall Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Wishful Thoughts
The consequences of your decisions.

What My Gym Membership Taught Me About Mental Accounting

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in Consumed
When you think about money, think it through.

Decrazifying Cryptocurrency

By Moses Ma on August 15, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Curious about the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency revolution? Here's a balanced analysis of what's going on with Bitcoin, the "Kim Kardashian of currency".

Coal Miners and Resilience

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Making families and communities resilient when industries are in decline is possible but we have to give people the resources they need to build new lives.

Five Steps in Forming Irrational Beliefs

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
Most of our core beliefs about the world are not based on rational and conscious choices.

Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.

Health Care and Equality in India

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on August 10, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
Indian health care: Is America listening?
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Why Should I Pay For Anyone Else's Health Care?

Ignoring the power of chance is poor, painful policy.

How Financially Vulnerable Are You?

The answer relies on a host of psychological & behavioral markers that indicate financial weakness.

Cornering a Slippery Child

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
After decades with an inherently slippery child, I was able to distill his many excuses to three. If I could go back, here's how I would have tried to block each of them.

Bring Back Confession

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Ambigamy
It's useful to calmly inventory your bad habits, not that they're going to change overnight.

Are Dog-Loving Millennials Driving House Prices Up?

More millennials are listing dogs as the biggest factor in their home buying decisions, ahead of marriage and children.

The Single Most Important Work Relationship

By Victor Lipman on August 01, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Good work alone often isn't enough for advancement. An insightful business book, Decoding the Workplace, examines the dynamics underlying employee-manager interactions.
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Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Paul G. Stoltz Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Put Your Mindset to Work
Sure, grit's hot. But it can also backfire. Want to maximize the upsides? Avoid the potential downsides?
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Leadership Benefits of Synchronicity Awareness

Meaningful coincidences can inform leadership decisions in highly useful ways. Philip Merry discusses how openness to using them helps develop opportunities for synchronicity.

Getting Change to Stick!

Are you have trouble sticking to new behaviors? Read this post for some tips.

Making Healthy Choices

A third of Americans are obese and consumers spend more than $50 billion on weight loss. The reasons for the obesity epidemic may surprise you. Hint: Big Brother is trying to help.

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.

Real Reasons for Sex Before Marriage

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in The Human Beast
More people today are sexually active before marriage than ever before. The true reasons are practical and have little to do with changing belief systems.

Wisdom Made as Simple as Possible, No Simpler

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Golden Rule and other "Always do X" rules are one-sided half-truths posing as whole truths. Learn to see through them for greater wisdom and peace of mind.